Students will take a trip to a community meeting and think about the experience with suggested questions. This is designed to work with the League of Women's Voters but can adapted to work with other community groups.
Students learn about local, state, county and national group decisions on taxation, as well as consent of the governed and how leaders can be elected who will fulfill the wishes of the people as designed by the Founding Fathers through the United States Constitution. Students also review traits of good citizenship and consider how they can help their own communities.
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Students learn about historical and contemporary figures who contribute to a community's culture by introducing ideas that change, expand, or shape communities. Students learn through historical figures who exemplify good citizenship the importance of the characteristics of good citizenship and acts of civic responsibility.
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Higher-level students will individually identify a problem in the school, and they will think critically to find ways to solve the problem. Then each student will write a persuasive letter to the principal describing the problem, detailing why it is a problem, and offering a solution to solve the problem. Students will have experience with real-life problem-solving through this project. This lesson was developed by NCDPI as part of the Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted Instructional Resources Project. This lesson plan has been vetted at the state level for standards alignment, AIG focus, and content accuracy.
Students will create a piece of mail and then visit a post office in the neighborhood. This is connected with the Smithsonian Museum and the story of a young girl writing President Lincoln.
This teacher's guide describes service learning as a form of project based learning in which academic goals are accomplished through community service. The guide covers the role of the teachers and the components of a successful service learning project and provides project examples and recommended resources.
In this unit, students gain an understanding of the development, structure, and function of local government. Students also gain an understanding of how citizens participate in their communities.
In this lesson, students celebrate student engagement. The introductory read aloud, Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand, shows the students how one idea can grow and make a difference. The We the Civics Kids magazine highlights the efforts of three students and one elementary class in making a positive impact in their community and state. In this lesson, students are asked to think about ways they can become engaged in their school, community, or state.
Students will use three Web sites to gather data about the people in their home state and those who represent them in Congress, then use an online tool to visually compare the data.
In this lesson, students learn about civic discourse and how it negatively affects the community by listening to a story about Yertle the Turtle and how he solved a problem in his community.
Students will identify and participate in a volunteer opportunity within your community. This activity is connected with the Smithsonian Museum.